TV Tonight: Never Mind the Buzzcocks Comes All Festive | Television


Never Mind the Buzzcocks Christmas Special

9 p.m. Sky Max

Presented with contagious gluttony by the busiest man on television, Greg Davies, this reboot of the pop quiz has pretty much justified its comeback. This special sees Holly Johnson and Lauren Laverne join the gang for Paul McCartney’s owl-related revelations, Davies’ school nightclub Holly Johnson dance (this apparently didn’t get the ladies flocking) and a Grange lineup. Hill that will be instantly evocative to viewers of a certain age. Phil harrison

Between the covers

7 p.m., BBC Two

Sara Cox’s Cozy Book Club ends its run with a look at Chibundu Onuzo’s third novel, Sankofa, and Sebastian Barry’s 2008 Booker contestant, The Secret Writing. Actor Imogen Stubbs, DJ Greg James, musician Fleur East, and comedian Lloyd Griffith also recommend personal favorites. Graeme Vertu

Kirstie and Phil like it or listed it

8 p.m., Canal 4

The bickering property experts return for the show’s seventh series in which a couple choose between renovating or moving. Tonight: A four-bed 1940s bungalow in Poole was left half-finished by its owner-builder for over 20 years. Alexi Duggins

Christmas at Castle Howard

9 p.m., Canal 4

The national fascination with stately homes becomes seasonal in this new series in which stacks of countries are adorned with garlands and open to the public. Tonight, Castle Howard; already popular, but now also interesting as a location for Bridgerton. Free levels of festive lavishness. PH

The lie: murder in the suburbs

9 p.m., channel 5

This two-part series explores the investigation into the murder of Rachel O’Reilly, who was killed by her husband in 2004 at their home in County Dublin. The story of how Joe O’Reilly was ultimately brought to justice is a testament to his brutal arrogance and the persistence of the police. PH

Positive

9 p.m., Sky Documentaries

The third and final part of this series explores the history of HIV in the UK. It’s not easy to watch – media coverage from the 1980s is particularly grim – but personal accounts keep things interesting, like Reverend Richard Coles, who likens Heaven nightclub to London’s Heathrow gay scene: “Everything the world has been there. Henri wong

Choice of films

The Hand of God (Paolo Sorrentino, 2021), Netflix
The arrival of Maradona in Naples in 1984 is the stake to which the writer-director Paolo Sorrentino hangs his autobiographical account of coming of age. Filippo Scotti plays Fabietto, 17, who, amid the loves and betrayals, jokes and tragedies of his extended Naples family, is trying to determine his future. Influences include Sorrentino regular Toni Servillo as his flawed father, difficult filmmaker Ciro Capano and his glamorous aunt Patrizia (Luisa Ranieri), whose mental health issues add a disturbing note to a dose of mostly sunny teenage angst. Simon wardell


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